The Medicare option, known as the Mental Health Care Plan or the Better Access Plan, was introduced in November 2006, and was updated in November 2011. In consultation with a GP, one may obtain a referral to a Psychologist, for a series of up to 6 sessions of psychological counselling. At present, it is desirable to have the name of the Psychologist one wishes to see placed on the Plan by the referring GP. For these, Medicare rebates are available, which cover a portion of the fee charged, leaving an out-of-pocket component.
In some cases, the number of sessions may be increased by a further 4 sessions following a Review, so that up to 10 sessions in total may become available in the period of a single calendar year. Information on this is available through Medicare, your General Practitioner or myself.